On Monday night, the King’s Theatre filled with a small group of lucky audience members, there to witness a showcase by three of Edinburgh’s amateur theatre companies: Southern Light Company, the Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and the Bohemians.
Southern Light will be putting on ‘My Fair Lady’, a classic tale of transformation and the pursuit of a brighter future. Rebekah Lansley takes up the role of Eliza Doolittle with a bright and joyful soprano. She and the rest of Southern Light bring a light-hearted tone to an already bubbly story. Theirs promises to be a show that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and will likely leave the audience clutching their stomachs with glee!
Next up was the Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society, who this season are putting on the famous ‘Mikado’. As always, this will be a performance full of pastoral silliness and satire. Jennifer Murray as Yum-Yum has an impressively clear and high voice (and that can trill until the very last curtain!). A whip-smart production with some perhaps questionable costumes, this looks to be an evening where the audience must leave their expectations at the door, only to come out roaring with laughter.
Finally, the Bohemians, with their production of ‘The Wedding Singer’. As presenter Andy Johnston said so well, “if you can remember the 80s, you probably weren’t there”. Luckily, the Bohemians are here to give a glowing tribute to this era of bellbottoms and flash mobs. I was very impressed by the neatness of the choreography and the strength of the leads’ voices (in particular Kat Croan in the role of Julia). If you need an evening of riotous fun, this is the show for you!
As Mr. Johnston so rightly stated, Edinburgh is extremely lucky to have such talented amateurs dedicating their time and energy to putting on such promising performances. This season’s shows have a little something for everyone, be it romance, operatic political commentary, or the makeover story of a lifetime. Make sure to buy your tickets now before they inevitably sell out!
‘My Fair Lady‘ will run from the 5th to the 9th of March
‘The Mikado‘ will run from the 12th to the 16th of March
‘The Wedding Singer‘ will run from the 20th to the 23rd of March
PHOTOS: Greg Macvean